22 February 2012

I Want to Be a Dictator

Two things have got me looking for a reliable (and free) dictation device:

  1. The fact that I'm digitizing all my old writing and schoolwork.
  2. The fact that I've had chronic wrist problems for years.
Though Vlingo is aimed more at fulfilling short commands and messages, I tried it out, only to have amusing results when trying to dictate a story I wrote during elementary school.

Vlingo's version of my story:
I'm still wearing number 19 page I call myself a fine because it hide my family me you making that turn but I do it because my mother had 26 baby ps you get out best number one they'll bring camera to building number three so bored that I'm talking texting you probably have heard of my van will

The artistic presentation of my story:
Look at that wonderful handwriting. What in the world happened?

The text of my story:

I'm Silbur #19 pig. I call myself a swine because it hides my family name. You may think that's rude but I do it because my mother had 26 baby pigs and she went through the alphabet #1 Ailbur . . . #2 Bilbur . . . #3 Cilbur . . . etc. I'm a small pink pet pig. You probably have heard of my brother Wilbur. (the nice thing about it is I get good leftovers)

I woke up with a startle. I heard a racket. I was so scared I squealed and ran as fast as I could. I ran into something and it toppled over on me. I felt needles from the tree stab me. I squealed again and I peeked out from beneath the Christmas tree. I saw two black boots. I was trembling and bleeding. Then I heard a jolly voice say, “Are you alright Silbur?” The next second I saw a round, pink, jolly face looking at me from under a beard. He grabbed me and cuddled me. I couldn't tell what he was doing. The next morning I found some camoflauged band-aids on me. I was picked up and I squealed 'cause I had a sore rump. “You woke me you vexatious thing!” “Presents! Merry Christmas.”

If anyone has Dragon Naturally Speaking for Macs (or another dictation software) and they feel like giving it to me to try out, they are welcome to do so. (And that doesn't go for overly-generous boyfriends.) If anyone else feels like typing text from photos I've taken, let me know. Hee, it'd be like having my own indexers. Or maybe I could get some kind of philanthropic contract with reCAPTCHA.

1 comment:

  1. Not that I'm worried about not allowed to get you the program, I'm a bit concerned about your other "boyfriends" =_-